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How Mikel Almost Ruined My Refereeing Career -Clattenburg

How Mikel Almost Ruined My Refereeing Career -Clattenburg

Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, says he almost quit referee due to racial allegations leveled against him by former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi.

During the Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League at the Stamford Bridge in October 2012, Mikel Obi’s teammate at the time, Ramires, claimed he heard a racist slur aimed at the Nigerian from Clattenburg.

Clattenburg had sent off two Chelsea players Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres and the officials missed an offside for United’s winning goal.

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In his new autobiography, Whistle-Blower, published in Dailymail, he wrote: “Chelsea made a formal complaint to the FA three days after the game. They were saying I had racially abused Mikel and for the first time, I was made aware of the specifics of their accusation, which was also leaked to the press.

“According to Chelsea, I had said to Mikel, ‘Shut up, you monkey.’ The language disgusted me, it was damaging and fictitious.

“Twenty-five days after the game, the FA dismissed the case. I was not guilty, something I had known all along.”

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  • Ako AMADI 4 weeks ago

    That’s Clattenburg’s version.Nobody knows the truth

    • And the Mikel we know is not the talking type who will rather let sleeping dogs lie.

  • Ako AMADI 4 weeks ago

    Let’s wait for Mikel’s autobiography